Wherein Fr. Z looks for a cobbler, or tailor, or someone….

Are there any cobblers, leather workers out there?

Years ago I inherited a small “wallet” for a pocket stole. I almost always have a stole and oil stock about my person.  One use for my spare mag pocket on my 5.11’s, right?  It seems to me that that’s a pretty good trade.


Time has taken its toll and I need a replacement.





It’s not complicated.


It is hard to find these compact stoles now.  The one’s you find these days are far bulkier.


I think you get the drift.  The idea is to keep it slim and moderately flexible.





Who can make Father another stole wallet?

UPDATE 17 June:

I have had a few emails on this.  I am always impressed with the way people respond to requests for help.  It looks as if a couple of the readers are going to take a shot at making one!   I look forward to the results.  And the results will be so much nicer to have than something simply purchased somewhere.


I am delighted to have received from a reader his offering of a new stole wallet.  That’s what I am calling it now, for lack of a better term.


With the stole



I am grateful for the thought and the effort!

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  1. basis says:

    I could make you one. My father is an upholsterer; I grew up doing projects like this one, for my own projects.
    How about Buffalo hide from the 777 ranch in South Dakota? Pebbled grain calf is probably about right based on what I see. My father made an awning for the local FSSP parish, so we have a history of serving the clergy.


    [From the pics can you see what needs to be done?]

  2. KosmoKarlos says:

    A wallet like that is real “steal”!

  3. Elizabeth D says:

    I have experience from youth making horse tack by hand sewing with an awl and I have a few kinds of leather including some black leather intended for motorcycle seats, that is durable but may not be as thin as you want. I have not usually made wallet or garment type things. I could make something, but the guy above familiar with upholstery and who perhaps has an appropriate sewing machine may make something you like better.

  4. ihsamdg says:

    I think the Small Clutch Wallet or the Cable Bag from Saddleback Leather would suit you just fine.

    They’re an excellent company that seems to hold good Christian values. I’d give them my buisness any day.

    [Way too large. But that is a good company. A friend (who is a reader here) has one of their briefcases.]

  5. incredulous says:

    Looks like elephant hide, Father. If you don’t get anywhere, I can make you one. Do you want purple lining though? I can give you my fedex number if you want to part with it for a few days so I can get it exact.

  6. ghp95134 says:

    I’m real cheap (free to you) …. but ya gets what ya pays for.


  7. Molly says:

    Fr. Z – I replied too late to offer a custom Saddleback leatherworking, but I must second your statement about this company being good. For a Father’s Day gift wallet, my daughters and I specifically chose this company b/c of their values and business practices, and also, b/c the owners are San Antonians, like us. Then, after ordering, when I emailed them our thoughts about their awesomeness, they responded delightfully and sent a free little item in thanks. Good owners, good employees. Plus, their videos are a hoot – their “How to Knock Off A Bag” video is highly entertaining, please pardon the split infinitive. http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Videos

  8. Alaina says:

    When I read Father’s request, I thought of a product from Saddleback that I had just seen in my quest for my husband’s Father’s Day gift. When I scrolled down and saw everyone’s comments I thought “Funny how great minds think alike.” :) They have a belt pouch that seems to be used either on a belt, bag strap, or on its own. That may be a little too large as well. So nice that there are some of you that can make something like this by hand. As a kid in the late ’70s and ’80s, our neighborhood was spoiled enough to still have a cobbler.

  9. ghp95134 says:

    Word to the wise: Never call a shoemaker a cobbler. My great-great grandfather was a boot maker in Columbus Georgia during the “recent unpleasantness” [1861-65]. My grandmother told me he would always get angry when someone called him a cobbler. “I make boots and shoes; cobblers repair them!!” His bootmaker bench is still in the family. According to family tradition (we know what that’s worth without documentation!), he made a pair of boots for that greatest of Southern gentlemen, Robert E. Lee.

    I have a copy of this illustration of Saints Crispin and Crispian hanging in my sparse workshop (okay …. garage corner); they are the patron saints of bootmakers, cordwainers, cobblers, and leatherworkers:


  10. The Cobbler says:

    Glad to hear you found a mender of bad soles (or other leatherworker). I only play one on the internet. ;^)

  11. Gus Barbarigo says:

    @Fr. Z:
    As to every-day carry, cool gear, etc., these links (and their websites) are pretty interesting. I can’t vouch for any “Gospel density” in them, however:




    [I hope people will use my link! HERE ]

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